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Asian Pacific American Q&A Series

We began interviewing noteworthy Asian Americans as a way to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2013. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to continue the series indefinitely. You can find our complete archive below.

Marco Polo's Leonard Wu: TV Streaming Sites Are Good for Diversity

Current Affairs The star of Netflix's Marco Polo says that Asian-Americans are beginning to "hold Hollywood accountable" in casting decisions.
July 14th by Michelle FlorCruz |

The Atlantic's Alex Wagner: Diversity More Than Just 'Ticking a Box'

Current Affairs In an interview with Asia Blog, the journalist discusses her Asian American background, the resonance of the immigration story, and why the media isn't to blame for Donald Trump.
June 14th by Matt Schiavenza |

The Americans' Ruthie Ann Miles: 'We Should Not Be Satisfied Playing the Token Asian'

Arts The Korean-raised actress, currently starring in The King and I on Broadway, discussed her passion for music, theater, and says why television makes her nervous.
June 9th by Clara Lambert |

PBS' Hari Sreenivasan: 'Diversity Is More Than Just the Face on TV'

Current Affairs In an interview with Asia Blog, the broadcast journalist explains how true diversity would only benefit the news business.
June 7th by Matt Schiavenza |

Interview: Tracy Wong on Leadership, Diversity, and the Importance of 'Creative Democracy'

Arts The award-winning advertising executive explains why letting everyone — even the accounts team — get involved in the creative process has made his Wongdoody firm so successful.
June 6th by Clara Lambert |

Interview: The New Yorker's Adrian Chen on Diversity, Longform Writing, and His Fascination With Trolling

Arts Current Affairs "If you come to journalism kind of with any kind of outsider perspective, you'd begin to see to see how much people rely on the same sources and cover the same stories."
May 31st by Matt Schiavenza |

Interview: Pulitzer-Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen on the United States, Vietnam, and Why History Can’t Be Erased

Arts Current Affairs "The effacement and erasure of Asians, Asian Americans and other minorities or people of color still continues to this day in the U.S."
May 27th by Juan Machado |

Interview: Ivy Teng Lei on Why Asian Americans Have as Much Stake in the Immigration Debate as Anyone Else

Current Affairs "I felt that they needed someone who was not just a Latino face. Asian Americans are just as much of this movement as other immigrants in this country."
May 26th by Juan Machado |

Interview: Historian Erika Lee on the 'Traumatic' History of Chinese Immigration to the U.S.

Current Affairs The preeminent immigration historian discusses her family’s hardship coming to the U.S., how stereotypes of Chinese immigrants are shifting, and how Asian Americans remain “invisible” in many ways.
May 23rd by Eric Fish |

Interview: Jordan Clarkson Celebrates His Asian-American Roots Through Basketball

Current Affairs "As the only Filipino-American currently playing, I want to show that there are no limits to what you can achieve, as long as you work hard and put your heart into it."
May 20th by Michelle FlorCruz |